Games like Battlefield 3 strive for intense realism. But how authentic do they feel, really?
Well, according to ex-SAS soldier and novelist Andy McNab, DICE's new shooter should be pretty damn close to the real thing. In speaking to GamerZines , McNab said that everybody who is "normal" is scared on the battlefield, and the emotions we'll feel when playing BF3 are similar to those of people in real-life situations. Said McNab:
"That emotion is still there when you're playing the game. If these guys (DICE) get it right everybody becomes emotionally involved. A player doesn't want to fu** up, they want to get to the next level, and the emotion of wanting to progress is the same emotion as people in the battlefield."
We're all human. We all have emotions but they come out at different levels and with different motivations. A gamer will be as much into it as somebody on the battlefield, only in a different way. There's no illusion that he's on the battlefield; he's not wet, cold and hungry, he's at home being entertained. But the emotions are the same. The heartbeats are up."
McNab is co-writing "Battlefield 3: The Russian," which is obviously based on the game, so maybe there's a teeny bit of self-promotion in his words. But we'd also like to think he knows what he's talking about, and given his proximity to the project (yeah, we know, it's just a book), perhaps he has seen footage that we haven't. The bottom line is that if Battlefield 3 succeeds, this might be as close as any of us ever come – or ever want to come – to the real thing.
Related Game(s): Battlefield 3